Testing

Before starting to lodge declarations via message exchange, the company must test the functionality of its software with Customs and that the messages the software produces conform to Customs’ specifications. At the same time, the data communication links are also tested.

During the testing, the company submits declaration messages with varying data content (for example complete or amended declarations or additional information), to which Customs then responds with messages (acceptance, error, request for additional information, etc.). The company must respond to the reply messages as required, for example by correcting errors or sending additional information.

The testing consists of two or three parts, depending on the procedure.

New testing service for direct message exchange

The message exchange testing service enables Customs’ customers to test declarations in direct message exchange independently irrespective of time and place. The customers are able to test their own systems against the Customs interface and to verify that their systems can correctly produce the declarations messages to be sent to Customs and handle the reply messages from Customs.

In the testing service, customers can test

  • export declarations in direct message exchange
  • sending attachments to import and export declarations by message to Customs via direct message exchange. This functionality is tested only by software suppliers.

Manual for the message exchange testing service (pdf)

GO TO THE TESTING SERVICE

Guidance for testing

The testing consists of two or three parts, depending on the procedure.

System Parts of the test
AREX system,
Import system ITU,
Transit system NCTS

Technical testing
Parallel testing

Export system ELEX

Testing with the message exchange testing service

Statistics system Intrastat

Technical testing using the company’s own material

Guidance for testing

Testing instructions for summary declaration system AREX

For the company to be accepted as an EDI sender, it must pass the testing of message exchange and customs competence. When the company’s application has been processed, Customs will contact the company to arrange a consultation and to set the dates for the testing. The company will build its own AREX summary declaration system independently based on Customs’ message implementing guidelines.

The testing for EDI senders consists of two phases: technical and parallel testing. In the technical testing, the company uses test material provided by Customs. The aim of the technical testing is to ensure the functioning of the message exchange between Customs and the company and to test the correctness of the message structure. In parallel testing, the company’s own material will be used.  The aim of the parallel testing is to ensure that the company has sufficient competence for providing summary declarations. Therefore, all the persons who will be completing summary declarations for the company should participate in the parallel testing.   

The company is to reserve an uninterrupted work period of three to five weeks for the technical and parallel testing. The duration of the testing depends on the number of messages to be submitted and the modes of transport used by the company. After successfully completing the testing phases, the company will be granted an EDI sender authorisation and can enter the production phase of message exchange. If the time reserved for testing is exceeded, the testing will be stopped and the company must schedule a new time for the testing. This may mean postponing the final testing by several months.

Testing instructions for export system ELEX

For the company to be accepted as a message declarant, it must pass the testing of message exchange. When the company’s application has been processed, Customs will contact the company to arrange a possible consultation and to set the dates for the testing. The company is to build its own export declaration system independently based on Customs’ message implementing guidelines. 

Customer testing for direct message exchange in export is carried out with the message exchange testing service.

In the testing service, there are the test cases for export declarations and attachments, created by Customs. Every test case contains instructions on the details to be declared and the measures to be taken. In the testing service, the customer testing official determines the time to be used by the company for testing as well as the test cases which the company must complete to pass the testing.

Testing instructions for EMCS

Testing instructions for the transit system

Testing instructions for the statistics system Intrastat

Testing instructions for the import system ITU

                            

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